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Broken Lugguage Rack Bolts

Rear Carrier PartsA couple of weekends ago I was out on the GS with “Her Indoors”.  It was a fun ride with one or two lifts and a quick dash across a beach, all to much squealing and cursing from behind me.  It wasn’t until we were nearly home that I suddenly got shouted at to stop.  Apparently the top box and grab rails had become loose and floppy.

Luggage Rack PartsAfter a quick inspection it became apparent that at least bolt had come loose or had snapped.  With less than half a mile to go home we carefully carried on and got safely home.  That afternoon I stripped for the rear luggage rack, carrier, and the plate under the pillion seat.  What I thought was one loose bolt turned out to be three snapped bolts, that’s of a total of five that hold the rack and carrier on the bike – boy am  glad they didn’t give way when I was pulling a lift or riding on the stoney beach!!!!

Thanks to Max BMW Motorcycles and their on-line parts fiche system, I was quickly able to track down all the parts that need to do a complete replacement of all the fixings for the carrier and rack:

71607689889 ISA SCREW – M6X25 x2
46547705577 OVAL HEAD SCREW – M6X35 MK0.02 x2
46637684768 BUSH – DI=7 L=8.5 x2
46547688015 BUSH – DI=7 L=9,8 x2
46547684770 ISA SCREW – M6X350.02 x1
07119903791 WASHER – A6,4 x1
46547673774 BUSH – DI=20 DA=300.01 x1
46547673777 BUSH – DI=8 L=5,20.01 x1
46547685249 FOIL LEFT x1
46547685250 FOIL RIGHT x1
46547685251 FILM CENTER x1

A quick call to Jacksons CI and all the parts were on order.  I decided to replace all the parts as it became apparent when I looked up the parts on the fiche that some parts didn’t appear to have been fitted when I took the rack appart and there was a fair amount of corrosion.  I figured it was better to be safe than sorry.

Finally, for anyone that is thinking of doing any work on a GS, I’d highly recommend bookmarking the Max BMW Parts Fiche. Not only does it make ordering parts simple if you’ve already got the part numbers but it’s also useful when working on the bike as I’ve often found that the Haynes manual diagrams, pictures and descriptions can be a little vague.

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Adrian Ritchie

Aidy has been riding motorbikes since just after he left university in 2003. His first bike was a 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 bought for £1000. His second bike was a Suzuki GSF600 Bandit, bought for his adventure to Norway in 2005. Two years later he sold the Bandit to Shane (for him to learn on) and upgrade to a BMW R1200GS... which was promptly trashed one month later by a SMIDSY. Having had the R1200GS repaired, Aidy has spent the next three years giving it a damn good thrashing off-road. 2011 saw the R1200GS take to the remote tracks and desert pistes of Morocco... it managed to keep up with the 650 enduro bikes that make up the rest of the group and made it back to Guernsey in (mostly) one piece. In January 2012, he traded in the R1200GS for a new R1200GS Adventure, planning to use the Pegaso 650 for off-road racing. However, the lure of smaller enduro bikes proved too strong and in April 2012 purchased a BMS G450X